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Day by Day Review: 2014 Mazda CX 5 GT AWD car test drives mazda daily car reviews
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Christmas may be over, by why give up the Christmas themed cars? Another red car this week in the form of a 2014 Mazda CX-5 GT with all-wheel drive – this is the new 2.5L four-cylinder engine that replaces the previously exclusive 2.0L that delivered excellent fuel economy but was universally slammed for having zero get-up-and-go.

My tester, like most of the cars that I receive, is a fully loaded model: leather seating, technology package, moonroof, all-wheel drive and more. It certainly makes a great first impression when you step inside with the light tan leather interior offsetting that gorgeous red exterior.

Day by Day Review: 2014 Mazda CX 5 GT AWD car test drives mazda daily car reviews
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The big upgrade here over last year’s GT is the 2.5L engine, now producing 184 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque compared to the outgoing 2.0 that barely gets the CX-5 moving with its 155 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque (which is still available in GX trim). The smaller engine does work okay in the front-wheel-drive CX-5, but once you add the weight and drivetrain loss of the all-wheel-drive system it really is lacking.

Considering the CX-5 is loaded, its as-tested price of $37,340 after freight and PDI seems like a reasonable amount to me. What you get is all-wheel drive, the aforementioned 2.5L engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, keyless entry with push-button start, 19-inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights with adaptive lighting, power glass moonroof and more.

Turns out this is the same vehicle that recently won our huge compact SUV shootout so will I agree with the big wigs and the consensus choice of our comparison team in the GTA?

Pricing: 2014 Mazda CX-5 GT AWD
Base price: $33,250
Options: Technology Package (Smart City Brake Support (SCBS), Bi-Xenon headlights, Adaptive Front Lighting System, Auto headlamp levelling, Navigation system, SiriusXM Satellite Radio) – $1,795; Soul Red Mica paint – $300
Freight/PDI: $1,895
A/C Tax: $100
As-tested price: $37,340

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James Bergeron is an Ottawa-based automotive journalist. James holds a national FIA race license and actively races and stewards at race events.